Natural sun skin protection

Skin cancer is a growing epidemic As we are into the summer season, many people are wondering how they can protect themselves from the sun naturally. This is in light of the fact that the incidence of skin cancer is increasing every year, as well as the growing concern of the safety of sunscreens used […]

Glenn Cochrane: Memories of a kinder, gentler time

When I was but a lad growing up in Hamilton, I used to hang around with my contemporaries at the Shorty Green, which was located a few blocks from where I lived. Shorty Green was the popular name which we called the small water fountains that were a fixture on many street corners in my […]

Bottoms Up: Enjoying wines al fresco

Ah summer! Living shifts to outdoors and the patio, deck and pool beckon. The BBQ is all fired up. The steaks and salmon are grillin’, and almost all is right with the world. The only thing missing is a glass of vino. Not just any wine will do. You’ll want cool, snappy whites and robust, […]

The Main Menu: Lavender – not just a colour

Lavender is a colour, a plant and a fragrance. However, as a cook, it is an enticing ingredient. Its unique fragrance transfers to a delicate but specific flavour in desserts, ices, teas and herb rubs. In fact in the south of France, where lavender grows in abundance, it is an important part of herbes de […]

Curtain falls on great final act

This is the story of Elizabeth: The Girl with the Angelfish Tattoo. Only, it’s not her whole story. I missed the beginning and the middle, and a good chunk of the end for that matter. While some folks wouldn’t see the point of tuning in so late, there are others like me who figure the […]

Partnership Power: None of us is smarter than all of us

Over the past eight months, we have been fortunate to meet some incredibly talented, creative, energetic and active groups in Ward 32. One of the things I love to do is connect people with similar interests so they don’t have to go it alone. Strength in numbers! Here are some of the fantastic groups we […]

How a beagle’s pen pal made a difference

When I was working in the fundraising department at the Toronto Humane Society, a big part of my job was responding to donor mail. My favourite letters were those sent by children. There was one in particular I won’t ever forget, and not just because the envelope was lumpy. The author of that letter became […]

An accolade to awesome Beach porches

One of the very best things about the Beach is all the front porches in our neighbourhood. I fell in love with porches decades ago, playing with my cousins in the rain on their front porch in the tiny Midwestern U.S. town where my dad—and I—were born. I was a suburban Texas kid by that […]

Teach children early about volunteering

The guidance office in any high school will tell you the same thing. In the final months of their final year, some students invariably appear at the door to the guidance office, confusion in their eyes. But it’s not their academics they’re worried about. High school students in Ontario get four whole years to figure […]